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West Brom No2 Downing: Important we took Bolton clash seriously

West Bromwich Albion No2 Keith Downing praised the attitude of their players after the 2-2 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Downing said his players had emphatically disproved the theory that they may lack application following the shock news of Roy Hodgson's imminent departure to England.

Downing, standing in for Hodgson at the post-match press conference, said: "Things were said about the timing of the FA's announcement and whether we were going to be taking it seriously.

"But we knew the magnitude of the game, particularly for Bolton and the other teams in fear of relegation. I think it is testament to the players that they showed so much concentration and application."

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